Archive for March, 2014

Night Hawk “Chordeiles minor”

Monday, March 31st, 2014

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Common Nighthawk “Chordeiles minor”,  These birds are widespread throughout the U.S.and are often seen flying in the evening while catching insects.  Unlike most of the other birds, nighthawks perch parallel to the limbs or wires.  Length 9″, wingspan 24″.  Photo:  Malheur Bird Refuge near Burns, OR. 7/3/2008

American Bittern “Botanurus lentiginosus”

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

American Bittern “Botanurus lentiginosus”  Length 28″, wingspan 42″ and 1.5 lbs.  These birds move slowly and awkwardly through the grass their coloration blends in well with the dry grass.  Photo: Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge near  Vancouver, WA 3/25/2011

Indian Plum “Oemleria cerasformis”

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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Indian Plum “Oemleria cerasformis” Rose Family (Rosaceae).  Perennial, shrub 3-15′ tall, plants have either male flowers or female flowers, flowers greenish white or white, fragrant but somewhat skunky, male plants have stamens, female plants have flowers with pistils and produce  edible plum colored fruit are enjoyed by the birds but they are not a favorite for humans.  Blooms in early spring along forest edges from the Cascade Mts. to the coast in OR & WA.  Flower photo: Near Rainier, OR 3/13/2010 & Fruit photo:  4/27/2007

Spotted Coralroot “Corallorrhiza maculata”

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Spotted Coralroot “Corallorrhiza maculata” Orchid Family (Orchidacae).  Perennial, plant 8-20″ tall, the lower petal is white with purple spots and the upper petals and sepals are reddish to purple.  These plants are saprophytic and rely on specific fungi for nutrients.  Blooms in early summer in deep woods in OR & WA.   Photo:  Cone Peak near Sweet Home, OR.  7/16/2008

Grass Widow “Olsynium douglassii”

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Grass Widow “Olsynium douglasii”, Iris Family (Iridaceae). Perennial, plants 6-12″ tall.  Flowers lavender, occasional magenta or white, 3/4 to 1″ diameter, blooms in early spring in moist open areas that dry out in summer.  Widespread in the Pacific northwest with the exception of N.W OR and S.W. WA.  Photo:  Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA 3/18/2014.

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Oregon State Capital

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

150 flowering cherry trees were planted around the Oregon State Capital building in 1992.   Photo:  Salem, OR  3/21/2014

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Bachelor’s Button “Centaurea cyanus”

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

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Bachelor’s Button “Centaurea cyanus” Sunflower Family (Asteraceae) Annual, plant 1-3′ tall, flowers blue, pink, purple or white and outer disk flowers are quite showy.  Blooms all summer in meadows or disturbed area in grasslands in Western OR & WA and Cascades and N.E. OR & S.E. WA.  Non-native.   Photo: Catherine Creek near Lyle, WA.  4/20/2005

Raccoon “Procyon lotor”

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

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Raccoon “Procyon lotor” Length approximately two feet. Weight ten to fifteen pounds. They are cute but they can become quite a nuisance. Photo: Northwest Trek near Eatonville, WA. 11/04/2009

Point Arena Lighthouse

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Point Arena Lighthouse.  They say this is as close to Hawaii as you can get while standing in the continental United States.  Climb to the top (115 feet), rent the keepers house, whale watch or just enjoy the view.  Photo:  Near Gualala, CA 5/25/2012

Small False Solomon’s Seal “Maianthemum stellatum”

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Small False Solomon’s Seal “Maianthemum stellatum” Lily Family (Liliaceae).  Photo:  Perennial, plant 1-2′ tall, flowers cream colored to white and star-like. Blooms in late spring in damp woodlands throughout OR & WA.   Photo: Saddle Mt near Seaside, OR  5/13/2005small-false-solomons-seal-470x480